Flickr, the Dequindre Cut and reworking Michigan

May 29, 2007

Detroit Scribe Tribe Space Monkey

Detroit Scribe Tribe Space Monkey, photo by Detroit BikeBlog

At the risk of producing a vortex of self-referentiality, I wanted to link over to Mac at DetroitBike Blog, who is linking to Absolute Michigan, which is linking to his blog as the latest “Blog We Dig” (you see the danger). Here’s what he posted last Friday:

Flickr: One thing that’s cool about the Flickr photo site is its sense of community. Not only virtual communities but groups of people who find each other through Flickr, decide to meet-up, and then go out shooting photos together. If you’re reading this and aren’t on Flickr I’d recommend the Exposure Detroit and AbsMich groups as starting points. One of the latest get togethers the ExpDet group organized was a walk along the dequindre cut. Closed for 10 years this abandoned rail cutting has become a graffiti haven with some amazing work that has been posted here before. The ExpDet group took some great shots, well worth exploring.

Now this is where things get interesting. The old rail line (still a few abandoned rail cars along the route) runs from midtown beneath and between the street structure to the river. It’s now inhabited by a few folk who have built shacks and the graff community. But it could also serve as a great bike route between the river and midtown. Detroit has virtually no bike lanes and some of the things I’ve seen on Detroit streets make me wince (the guy with the 6ft plank stuck out of his trunk like a guillotine for example). While there are serious personal safety issues to be considered it’s good to see that work has begun into converting this route into a non-vehicle corridor through the city.

Check his links out and be sure to also view this slideshow of photos from Exposure.Detroit’s April 29, 2007 photo safari to the Dequindre Cut.

While you’re reading and looking, you might think about how $5/gallon gas will require us to rethink the layout of our cities and transportation … and also what fascinating cave paintings these “vandals” are producing in an abandoned space.

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